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Sport Sydney Thunder star Usman Khawaja re-signs with franchise on four-year deal ahead of BBL09 season

08:00  08 december  2019
08:00  08 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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A prolific run-scorer for the Sydney Thunder , Usman Khawaja has racked up 819 runs for them in 21 appearances at Recently, he signed a three- year contract with the franchise , therefore extending An exciting season ahead for Khawaja . A prolific run-scorer for the Sydney Thunder , Khawaja has

After missing out on selection for the Australian Test side, star batsman Usman Khawaja has turned his focus to the upcoming Big Bash League season by extending his deal with the Sydney Thunder.

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The 32-year old has been at the Thunder since the beginning of the competition way back in 2011, and was an integral part of the premiership-winning side in BBL05.

Khawaja said it was an easy decision for him to sign a brand new four-year deal ahead of the upcoming season.

“It’s close to my heart, I love playing at Sydney Thunder,” he said.

“I love coming back to Sydney – my family is here – but it’s very special to play cricket and to have our families around after a game.

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Usman Khawaja has signed a long-term contract extension with the Sydney Thunder but believes he can still make it back into the Australian Test team. Khawaja has signed an extension to his current deal with the Sydney Thunder , which will keep him at the BBL franchise for the next four years .

“Western Sydney is made up of many different cultures – it’s a melting pot – and I believe we embrace that in our team.

“We have a lot of guys in the squad who come from different cultures, and I think that's the beauty of our club.

“We represent such a large area… such a diverse amount of people… it’s great to be a part of that."

Khawaja was born in Pakistan, but moved to Australia at a young age and was the first player of Pakistani descent to represent Australia.

Incoming Thunder coach Shane Bond said it was an important signing for the club heading into the new campaign.

“He’s a key signing for us. I’m thrilled because he’s been a Thunder man from the outset; is a great player and has an amazing record in the Big Bash,” he said.

“Usman is an important part of my long-term plans, I want to keep him at Sydney Thunder until the end of his career.

“He’s a highly respected player – the boys love him – he’s a genuine leader, has many outstanding qualities and I respect that he tells you what he thinks because that’s right up my alley.”

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